Upon finding a travel Nurse Practitioner assignment that interests you, the next step is for the agency to submit your resume. After reviewing your resume, if interested, the site will request a phone interview with you. The turnaround time between reviewing your resume and setting up a phone interview can range from a few hours to one week. The agency will ask you to provide them with hours of availability for the interview. Depending on the agency, there may be an agency representative on the phone, or it may just be you and the site representative.
Do not stress the phone interviews! They are not going to ask you doses of medications or to diagnose a rare elusive disorder. Examples of questions they may ask are:
Tell me about yourself.
What is your experience working as a nurse practitioner or provider?
How many patients do you see per day?
What type of patients do you see?
Why are you interested in working with my facility?
Sometimes you may be asked some clinical questions. They just want to make sure you have an idea of what you are doing. They are not expecting you to be experts in every area. Some examples of clinical questions are:
Which preventative measures would you take with a Diabetic client, including labs, screenings, and assessment?
How would you handle patients that are requesting opioids for their chronic pain?
If a patient comes to the clinic with elevated blood pressure, how would you respond to this?
Then the remainder of the conversation will be them talking about their facility and their need. They will usually end the conversation by asking if you have any questions for them. I highly recommend you have a list of questions prepared for them or it will appear that you are not really interested.
Some questions I suggest you ask them are the following:
Does the facility use EHR, if so which one?
What type of patients are seen at the clinic? (Including demographics and illnesses)
Will there be other providers present?
What type of supportive staff would I have?
What are the hours of the facility?
Depending on the facility, they may request another interview. The second interview may be with their medical director or CEO. It is usually just a formality but definitely a good sign!